Poetry has been to me something more than amusement, it has been a cheering companion when I had no other to fly to, a delightful solace.
Letter to Capel Loft, 10 September 1805.
Mild offspring of a dark and sullen sire! Whose modest form, so delicately fine, Was nursed in whirling storms, And cradled in the winds. Thee when young spring first question'd winter's sway, And dared the sturdy blusterer to the fight, Thee on his bank he threw To mark his victory.Henry Kirke White
And care, whom not the gayest can outbrave, Pursues its feeble victim to the grave.Henry Kirke White
We should teach our children to make friends with us, to communicate all their thoughts to us ... by this we find many opportunities of teaching them important truths, almost without knowing.Henry Kirke White
When the day of misfortune comes and (comes it must sooner or later to all )we may be prepared with Christian fortitude to endure the shock.Henry Kirke White
What treasure does the religious an possess in this, that when everything else fails he has God for his refuge and can look to a world where he is sure through Christ Jesus, that he will not be disappointed.Henry Kirke White
O Lord, another day has flown,And we, a lonely band,Are met once more before thy throne,To bless thy fostering handHenry Kirke White
Christianity is not a mere set of opinions to be embraced by understanding. It is the work of the heart as well as the head.Henry Kirke White